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Flowby

by Hush Collector

'a slightly dark brand of acoustic-tinged slowcore' - 'sexily hushed vocals' - 'warm, organic, headily addictive & utterly delicious' -'a truly wonderful debut release'.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Gloomy and beautiful, to absorb person's sadness, many gentleness" ...(Chinese review)

Hush Collector were formed in Brighton UK by ex Mojave 3/Sing-Sing pianist Poppy Gonzalez and Brighton singer/songwriter Katie Mummery. Introspective, restrained and spacious, their songs are warm, melodic and heartfelt and generally take a lethargic tempo. Hushed vocal harmonies as one reviewer put it 'see the the girls duetting with supernatural intuition'..

These first songs, released on their own Candy Cone label have received a warm response and great reviews.

This music is "perfect for 'the after the party and the morning after" ...


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Mark - Losing Today

A Truly Wonderful Debut Release
All the buttons that make us swoon...vocals that are so seductive, you can feel them hooking you in...delicate countryside melody that simmers with desire...alluringly sultry warming nightime Mediterranean windswept aspect that recalls Ana D of Elefante records fame, with the Ghost of Nick Drake peeking over their shoulder...A truly wonderful debut release. (click link for full review).

Mish Mash Music Reviews

you're caught in their atmospheric trap, mezmerized by the mysterious solitude
Hush Collector creeps into your head with stealth. Before you realize it, you're caught in their atmospheric trap, mezmerized by the mysterious solitude created by their music.... They manage to do in four songs what most groups fail to do in an entire album---which is captivate and manipulate without tiring out the listener... (click link for full review).

Evil Sponge

Delicate girl voice, a very nice effect.
There are a ton of musicians out there who never get the spotlight, but that doesn't mean that these individuals are less talented. In this light, consider Hush Collector, a band consisting of Katie Mummery and Poppy Gonzalez who has been a background musician for such noteworthy acts as Mojave 3 and Sing-Sing. Here they step into the spotlight, and do it well. Flowby is their debut EP, and it carries on in the light, country-influenced folk music that Mojave 3 have mined so well. Here they do four songs of their own.
This is pleasant stuff. You should check out this EP. Delicate girl vocals... some scattered pianos and overdriven guitars...pretty tunes - A very nice effect.

Americana UK

poised on the edge of prettiness with enough disturbing whispers to keep you int
...In the hazy drunken moments whilst your thoughts are falling out of your head and scuttling under the bed you need something to soundtrack it...the rich vocal a siren song to your hazy memory. Pitched somewhere between Mazzy Star and Azure Ray, it results in something poised on the edge of prettiness with enough disturbing whispers to keep you interested.

Skip - The Vanity Project

a country gust blowing through it along with a Cocteau Twins-like breeze...
"...sunbeaten laidback rock music, a country gust blowing through it along with a Cocteau Twins-like breeze. A delicate creature to be well looked after"

Tim Peacock - Whisperin' & Hollerin'

tingly & utterly delicious - a thing of the most gorgeous gossamer beauty...
The four tracks on this debut Flowby" EP are warm and organic material and headily addictive - The title track is vibe-y and dreamy with resonant brushed drums, the guitar textures clean and noisy seemingly all at once and Katie and Poppy duetting with a supernatural intuition. "I'm shedding the coat that the world made me wear and I feel fine," they smoulder at one stage - and with this track reminding favourably of the hymnal delights The Cowboy Junkies and Poppy's old muckers Mojave 3 have previously thrilled us with, well it's impossible to disagree. magically it's dwarfed by what follows. "Mountain Song" is great again: spooked, potent and otherworldly and the kind of thing Mazzy Star did so well on "She Hangs Brightly", but with added warmth and harmony lulling and some stinging guitar stabbing you in the side. The closing "I Go Blind" is different again: built around a Bert Jansch-style acoustic guitar figure and makes for an excellent blues-y postscript.


Sandwiched between these two though, is your reviewer's personal favourite in "It Don't Matter". After a hushed "1,2,3, 4" intro, it gradually assembles itself - via amoebic piano, tinkly toy shop cymbals and wraith-like vocals - into a thing of the most gorgeous gossamer beauty. It moves forward with a ghostly determination, cocks a snook at the Velvets and The Concretes and even finds room for the occasioanal atonal guitar scree to keep you on your toes. It's tingly and utterly delicious and makes it clear Hush Collector are a gentle presence you simply cannot ignore.

Church of Girl

Breathy, spacious, gracefully woven & lightly discordant-a masterful debut
Hush Collector will lull you away with haunting melodies that swirl against subtle country harmonies or an edgy blues guitar...

Their 4 track ep, Flowby, is a masterful debut. The breathy vocals, whirling guitars, delicately percussive piano and soft instrumentation course effortlessly. Sort of like a bit of The Cowboy Junkies tossed with Mazzy Star. The songs are spacious, gracefully woven with a lightly discordant thread to keep you slightly on edge.

Marcus Pan

a pinch of blues, a touch of class and a little shoegazing ...
...a pinch of blues, a touch of class, a little amount of shoegazing, hiding behind a folky mindset in a chilled-out background...I do like melancholly and well-written lyrics.

...The songs are smooth and well laid out and only minimally processed. Recorded live to tape quite possibly and not messed around with too much by so called engineers giving you something you didn't sound much like the way it started. It's very honest...Slow and chilly, Hush Collector treat their music with respect for what it is and not what it could sound like in a million dollar an hour studio. If you've ever seen any of the Corona commercials - the couple on the beach, kicking back, ignoring the cellphone, watching the waves - add a few instruments and that's a Hush Collector recording session - Matter of fact, Hush Collector is an excellent name for their sound.

Somewhere Cold

"a gorgeous musical statement" ...
""a slightly dark brand of acoustic-tinged slowcore that is rich in melody and texture......a gorgeous musical statement.......a sumptuous exercise in restraint and emotion......leaving the listener begging for more"...
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Jason Morehead - Opus Zine

I'm left wanting even more of these lush, hushed sounds.
Hush Collector is an incredibly accurate moniker for this trio, as their music is just that - a collection of quiet, reflective songs marked by sexily hushed (npi) vocals, wheezy atmospherics, and slowburning progressions...However, the trio move beyond simple folky/slowcore territory. Their best moments, "Mountain Song" and "It Don't Matter", instead recall music that's even more removed and foreboding, not to mention slower and more measured - the pastoral sounds of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis' solo work... And while the band knows how to restrain themselves, they also know when to release, allowing a storm of shivering electric guitar to erupt at just the right point before fading away again...Flowby only contain four songs, so it serves as only the barest of introductions to the group's music. But as I listen to a track like "It Don't Matter", I'm left wanting even more of these lush, hushed sounds. Hush Collector has built for themselves a very solid foundation, and hopefully, it's just a sign of even better things to come.
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